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Lake Maggiore from Stresa to Angera

Lake Maggiore from Stresa to Angera

By car, 35 km, 1 day

Lombardy and Piedmont share the southern part of Lake Maggiore, considered the most beautiful stretch of water in the region. Learn about the famous Borromeo family whose symbol - three intertwined rings - continues to fascinate geometry buffs. The powerful citadel of Angera, nicknamed "la Rocca", affords a view of the other side of the lake and Arona, its charming neighbour, where the lagoons contain the spectacular Lagoni di Mercurago nature preserve.

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Stresa

Stresa
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Statue of St Charles Borromeo   Interesting

Piazza S. Carlo 28041 Arona
Museums and art

Charles Borromeo, Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, distinguished himself by his conduct during the plague which decimated the Lombard capital in 1576. In recognition of his heroism, the citizens of Arona had this 24m high statue, set on a 12m base, erected in his honour in 1679.

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Arona

Arona
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Rocca Borromeo  

V. Rocca Castello 21021 Angera
Architecture, castles and historic districts

This Citadel, which has been here since the Lombardo period in the 8C, has a courtroom decorated with admirable frescoes from the 14C evoking the life of the archbishop Ottone Visconti. From the Castellana, tower you have a vast panoramic outlook over lake Major. The fortress also accommodates the Doll museum (Museo della Bambola) which charts the history of the doll from the start of the 19C until the present day.

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